The Lyric Theatre Belfast delighted to be working with the Pleasance Theatre again as part of their Edinburgh National Partnerships programme to support one Northern Irish artist or company who wants to take work to Edinburgh Fringe in 2024. The Pleasance is working with partner theatres across the UK to identify and support exceptional artists and companies local to them who want to take work to the Fringe. Each partner is a leading national producing house, with a commitment to supporting and developing new artists.
For 2024 the Lyric Theatre Belfast is delighted to be one of the partner organisations alongside Bristol Old Vic, Leicester Curve, Theatre Royal Plymouth, Pitlochry Festival Theatre, Sherman Theatre.
Working with The Pleasance we will identify dynamic artists at different stages in their careers, with the primary aim of the scheme to uncover and support the best companies and artists from Northern Ireland, and across the UK, to present work at the Fringe!
Please note that this opportunity is for projects that are available to perform for the full Fringe (31st July - 26th August), is at an advanced stage of development with a creative team already attached, and with the ability/potential to match fund an Edinburgh Fringe run in 2024. It’s for artists/companies who are primarily Northern Ireland resident.
The deadline for submissions is Monday 5th February 2024 at 12pm.
What do you get? • Guaranteed inclusion in the Pleasance’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival programme. • £2000 financing towards the costs of presenting your show at the Fringe. • PR delivered by Michelle Mangan. • A package of marketing and advertising to support your show specific campaign. • Edinburgh Fringe registration fee covered. • Two-week minimum of in-kind rehearsal and development space at the Lyric Belfast • Support offering accessible performances as part of your Fringe run. • Mentorship, support and advice from both the Lyric Belfast and The Pleasance leading up to, and during the Fringe. • Support to build new touring relationships.
In order to apply, please complete the submission form.
We’ll need the following information in the submission form: • Basic information (company/artist name, show title, primary contact & details) • Information about the artist/company and their show including what stage of development it is • Is the show available to perform for the full festival (31st July - 26th August 2024) • Who the target audience is and why • Why they are interested in performing at the Edinburgh Fringe • Why is this opportunity important for them and their development • A space for them to provide links to supplementary material in support of their application (this could include videos/trailers of previous work, R&D footage, scripts/excerpts, images, etc.)
The deadline for submission is Monday 5th February 2024 at 12pm.
If you feel you feel you aren’t able to best express themselves in a written form, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details on how to submit an video or audio application. Selection Day We aim to select a shortlist of around 5 artists/companies who will then meet with representatives from the Pleasance Theatre and the Lyric Theatre Belfast.
These conversations will take place on Zoom around 14th February 2024. Interviews usually take about 30 - 40 minutes and have tended to be an informal conversation following a similar structure to the application form - a chance to hear the artist and company talk about their work first hand, get a gauge on the technical ambition of the work as well as an opportunity for the artist/company to ask any burning questions of us.